If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it might surprise you.
Family, friends and fellow Yoga practitioners have been asking when they can attend our YTT trial class. At that point, it seems like it was going to be a while. Before I know it, starting from next week, we will be conducting our trial classes. The idea that the course I am attending is called “Yoga Teacher Training” is beginning to sink in. Things are starting to get real!
I was a polytechnic lecturer. Because of that, it was assumed most of the time that I can teach, I can handle public speaking and holding a presence in class. That’s not true. One famous recollection from my ex-student was that my classes were boring and no one seems to know what I was talking about. In fact, it was so bad that I have ex-students who don’t even recall they attended my class. However, I don’t think I am a bad lecturer. Some of my very good friends were my students. When I bumped into ex-students on the road or during conferences, they still greet me as “Mr Leo”. So I would like to think that I managed to affect their lives (in a good way) and taught them something useful. Just that teaching in a classroom setting isn’t my strong suit.
So, in a week’s time, I will be in a classroom setting again. Having not taught in a decade, I am not sure how it is going to turn out. I did a trial-trial class with one of my colleagues and almost everything didn’t go as expected. No matter what, I’ll try my best. I believe my fellow classmates will as well. You won’t know if you are ready until you tried it. Just like all the poses breakthrough I witnessed; you won’t know your body is ready until you tried it. What I am sure is that we are more ready than we were when we started the course.
I have no doubt that what we have gone through for the past 8 weeks have prepared us well. From learning Sanskrit names, poses alignments and adjustments and strengthening up physically and mentally. What we need is to believe and have confidence in ourselves. Sure, we might make mistakes, we might fumble, we might disappoint. Learn from it and don’t be sorry. Be better (Said Kratos. Tard joke).
To TYM 2018 September 200 hours YTT batch, you can do it. See you at the finish line!
Leo Yaik @ahtut